God Of War Ragnarok: How To Beat Alva

Nov 22, 2022 · 25


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God of War Ragnarok is finally here and has landed with incredible reviews and an amazing setting to explore. We see Kratos and Atreus return after five years of training during Fimbulwinter. Ragnarok also houses an impressive cast of characters, both old and new. During your time with the game, you’ll also be treated to many, many boss fights.

These moments are often well-crafted to balance both challenge and fun. This guide will provide you with tips and tricks on how to take down Alva, a powerful Light Elf who is probably one of the tougher fights you’ll have faced so far. She’s fast and deadly, so you’ll need to stay on your toes to keep up with this formidable warrior.

Interrupt Alva’s Attacks

God Of War Ragnarok: How To Beat Alva

One of the newer mechanics you’ll face in this fight involves a blue ring that will pop up as Alva readies for a devastating attack. You’ll want to interrupt this by double tapping L1, which will use your shield to interrupt the move she’s about to unleash. This is also a good moment to try and get in a few hits.

Near the end of the fight, she will also take a knee and begin to heal herself. This can also be only interrupted by using your shield’s L1 double tap. You’ll want to practice and make good use of this interrupt ability, as you’ll be seeing it a lot more in the game after this encounter.

Taking Down Alva

God Of War Ragnarok: How To Beat Alva

Outside of Alva’s attacks that need to be interrupted, this fight should be full of mechanics you’re very familiar with. Alva will occasionally back away and use a ranged attack that looks like a large X made out of the wind. It’s best to evade this attack if you can.

Defense and Ringed Attacks

Her normal sword swipes can be blocked and parried with your shield, which can allow you to wait for the perfect moment to strike back. Her yellow-ringed attacks will break your block, so watch out for those. She also has a red-ringed attack that will blast through your defenses completely, so you want to evade as soon as you see the red ring. She uses this move very sparingly, so you don’t have to worry about it too much.

Going On The Offensive

If you have your Spartan Rage available, this is definitely a good time to make use of it, especially if you’ve taken some damage from Alva. It’s always worth remembering the Spartan Rage helps you heal in addition to dishing out tremendous damage. Assuming you’re using the Leviathan Axe, you’ll want to make sure you’re keeping it frosted as much as possible. Inflicting the frost status effect can be very helpful in and out of boss fights.

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